Since the rifts first appeared, the undead have plagued Telara, a
nightmare of reanimated flesh. Lately, however, the threat has grown
even more terrible, as Death Rifts surge open all across the world,
pouring forth walking corpses like never before. This calamity will
shake Telara to its core and tax the limits of Ascended endurance, yet
it is only the first of many to follow… assuming the defenders can
throw back Telara’s foes.
Soon the Endless Court will launch an unprecedented mass invasion.
The most terrifying servants of Regulos will lead these hordes into
battle: liches, ettins, gravemakers. Alsbeth herself will march through
every region of the world, raising dread champions to sow the discord
for which she is named. Old enemies will rise and fight for oblivion
alongside flesh-crafted colossi from the Plane of Death, until the
offensive presses on toward Stillmoor.
Every last Ascended must battle Alsbeth’s forces. While veteran
heroes will bear the worst of the conflict, even novice Guardians and
Defiant can do their part, confront dire foes, and reap rich rewards as
the war unfolds over the course of a week.
All of this upheaval can be traced to Alsbeth’s newfound control of
the Soulstream, the mystical river of light where all souls (hero,
cultist, and even riftspawn) are drawn after death. All of her schemes:
corrupting the Hag of Gloamwood and the March Wardens’ ghosts in Iron
Tomb, resurrecting Jakub the Warlord, and foiling the Ascended at every
turn, have led to her capture and corruption of this spiritual wonder.
From her lab on the edge of the Plane of Death, Alsbeth yanks forth
and reanimates souls. The dross she tosses aside, creating the
seemingly numberless undead that spill into Telara. The mightiest souls
she resurrects as powerful minions of Regulos. Conquered enemies from
dungeons and adventures past have risen again, mightier than ever and
eager to serve the Devourer.
Marching out from the River of Souls, these unliving throngs must be
thrown back before they overrun the world. Ascended who do their part
will face intense combat, but every downed general or colossus carries
once-in-a-lifetime items that will mark out those heroes who stood
against the Bride of Regulos. Then, if the Shadetouched are defeated,
Ascended can journey to the River of Souls, wade through armies of
reborn enemies, and finally bring Alsbeth to account for her crimes.
Ascended who fight the undead armies heralding the River of Souls
will have the chance to appear a bit gaunt and pale themselves. Certain
monsters will drop items that transmogrify their owners into one of the
living dead. These artifacts work in combat, so the dead won’t know who
to fight! Some Ascended will even get to ride like the dead atop a rare
Spectral Horse. While the normal steed—usable by Ascended of any
level—will only be available during the actual event, the armored
version will remain in the game, exclusive to the River of Souls raid.